An 18-year-old Milwaukee woman was charged after she drove her car at speeds of over 100 mph then clipped a semi tractor-trailer on Aug. 7 on Interstate 94 in Racine County in a stolen car.

Olivia Denney was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday with attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer, hit and run, and two counts of second degree recklessly endangering safety. If convicted on all charges, Denney faces up to 24 years in prison and/or fined up to $61,000.

Denney failed to appear in court at an initial hearing and a warrant has been issued for her arrest.

According to the criminal complaint, a deputy with the Racine County Sheriff’s Department was in a parked squad car in the southbound lane of I-94 at Two Mile Road when Denney sped past him going 83 mph in a 70 mph zone. When the deputy tried to conduct a traffic stop, Denney failed to stop and sped up. Weaving in and out of traffic, and passing cars in the emergency lane, the deputy had to terminate the chase when she left the county.

A trooper with the Wisconsin State Patrol continued to chase Denney into Kenosha County. Deputies with the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department also joined in the chase. A short time later, Denney clipped a semi but still continued on even after the car she was driving spun around. As she traveled through the Illinois Tollway, a surveillance camera clocked Denney traveling at 107 mph.

Deputies with the Racine County Sheriff’s Department learned that Denney was driving a rental car that another person had rented. That person thought Denney’s name was Samantha Brown, but investigators learned Denney’s true identify. When contacted, Denney admitted to borrowing the car from that person, which was reported stolen several days before.


Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.